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What Recent Events Mean for Cagle and Kemp

By Teresa Tomlinson | July 2018 Nationalism is not new: President Trump did not create it, he just makes it sing. And, it sure has been embraced by Trump’s Georgia acolytes, Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp. Both Cagle and Kemp are in a July 24th run-off to determine which one will face the Democratic nominee, Stacey Abrams, for Georgia’s next Governor. Both continue to defend the Trump administration’s so-called “get tough” border policies, and each promises to send Georgia’s National Guard to help enforce those federal policies. Nationalism is easy to tout and hard to implement. The Trump migrant family…

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A Turbulent Week In Georgia Politics

By Teresa Tomlinson It is no secret that Lt. Governor Casey Cagle is the current frontrunner in the 2018 gubernatorial race. He has so far outraised all challengers, and his polling bests his opponents. Ask any Republican and they will tell you: The race is Cagle’s to lose. Apparently, Casey Cagle intends to test that proposition. He has been labeled an ideologue in the past for his support of religious liberty bills that allow discrimination against gays and lesbians (precisely as segregation discriminated against people of color a few decades ago – on the basis of a perceived faith dictate), causing…

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Debunking the Republican Myths of Constitutional Affinity and States’ Rights Supremacy

In Other Words, They May Not Be As Smart As You Think They Are Rarely is there a debate with a Republican friend that does not end with that person invoking a proclaimed superior constitutional affinity. Republicans, or perhaps more accurately conservatives, believe and everyone else seems reflexively to concede that their political philosophy is more closely honed to the “true meaning” of the Constitution and the “actual intention” of the Founding Fathers. Think about the conservative constitutional theory of “Originalism” made famous by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. It almost sounds like he was right there at its creation,…

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